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Young Liverpool Surveyor wins national accolade

Monday, 23 November 2015

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A Liverpool-based chartered surveyor has won a national award for his achievements in the public sector after beating tough competition from hundreds of other candidates from all over the UK at the 2015 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards, held last night (19 November) in London.

Jonathan Lowe, Associate at Bilfinger GVA in Liverpool won the Public Sector/Academia category at the annual awards, which recognise and celebrate the most inspirational young surveying professionals - aged 35 and under - in the UK.

RICS judges commended Jonathan for providing exemplary advice and guidance to a number of key public sector clients including the Department for Education, Environment Agency and Ministry of Justice. The judging panel also praised Jonathan’s passion for the property industry and hunger to learn and enhance the service he provides to his clients.

The inaugural RICS Matrics Surveyor of the Year Awards launched last year and there are 12 award categories which include Residential, Rural, Quantity Surveying, Property Management, Building Surveying and Mentor of the Year.

The overall ‘Young Surveyor of the Year’ title was awarded to Leanne Kitson of Faithful+Gould in Leeds for her knowledge and expertise in the care industry which has enabled her to assist clients in creating buildings with dementia design features on a budget without compromising quality.

Each winner was selected based on their achievements around client satisfaction, innovation, successful collaboration and acting as an ambassador for the profession. Jonathan was the only winner from the North West with others from Yorkshire and Humber, Midlands, the North East and London.

Speaking on Jonathan’s award win, Victoria Hampson, RICS Regional Director, North & Midlands said: “The land, property and construction industry lacks young talent, so I’m delighted that Jonathan’s skills and commitment to raising standards in the property industry has been deservedly recognised. Jonathan is a credit to our profession and will hopefully inspire others to consider a career in property."

RICS Matrics was first established 125 years ago as a networking and support group for those with ten years or less experience in the industry. Today, RICS Matrics groups operate across the UK, including in the North West.

RICS Matrics Chairman, James Baker MRICS of Faithful+Gould, headed up this year’s judging panel. He said: “The caliber of entrants this year made the judging process particularly difficult. The judges and I were hugely impressed and inspired by so many of our industry’s young professionals who are actively improving and advancing the built environment around us. I would like to say a huge well done to all of the winners."

The winners were announced at a black tie ceremony on 19 November 2015 at the Lancaster Hotel, London in front of over 400 guests, and were hosted by Comedian Gary Delaney, regular guest of Mock the Week and writer for 8 Out Of 10 Cats. A full list of the winners is available here